Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.

— Harold S. Kushner

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People who pray for miracles usually don't get miracles.

But people who pray for courage, for strength to bear the unbearable, for the grace to remember what they have left instead of what they have lost, very often find their prayers answered. Their prayers help them tap hidden reserves of faith and courage that were not available to them before.


If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul


The happiest people I know are people who don't even think about being happy.

They just think about being good neighbors, good people. And then happiness sort of sneaks in the back window while they are busy doing good.


Think about it: it is easy to see God's beauty in a glorious sunset or in ocean waves crashing on a beach. But can you find the holiness in a struggle for life?


But at the end, if we are brave enough to love, if we are strong enough to forgive, if we are generous enough to rejoice in another's happiness, and if we are wise enough to know that there is enough love to go around for us all, then we can achieve a fulfillment that no other living creature will ever know, we can reenter paradise.


We are here to change the world with small acts of thoughtfulness done daily rather than with one great breakthrough.


Integrity means being whole, unbroken, undivided.

It describes a person who has united the different parts of his or her personality, so there is no longer a split in the soul ... For the person of integrity, life may not be easy but it is simple: Figure out what is right and do it. All other considerations come in second.


What cannot be achieved in one lifetime will happen when one lifetime is joined to another.


We can endure much more than we think we can;

all human experience testifies to that. All we need to do is learn not to be afraid of pain. Grit your teeth and let it hurt. Don't deny it, don't be overwhelmed by it. It will not last forever. One day, the pain will be gone and you will still be there.


In all my years of counselling those near death, I've yet to hear anyone say they wish they had spent more time at the office


Why bad things happen to good people


When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: Ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul.


About Harold S. Kushner

Quotes 95 sayings
Profession Rabbi
Birthday 1935

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.


You don't become happy by pursuing happiness.

You become happy by living a life that means something.


I am quite confident that the most important part of a human being is not his physical body but his nonphysical essence, which some people call soul and others, personality... The nonphysical part cannot die and cannot decay because it's not physical.


We have confused God with Santa Claus.

And we believe that prayer means making a list of everything you don't have but want and trying to persuade God you deserve it. Now I'm sorry, that's not God, that's Santa Claus.


I'm not perfect, ... But i'm enough


There is no right way to do a wrong thing.


We do ourselves and others a disservice when we make old age something to be feared...The longer we live, the more life we possess.


One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick.


Given the unfairness that strikes so many people in life, I would rather believe in a God of limited power and unlimited love and justice, rather than the other way around.


When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside.

It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel.


Integrity is not something that grownups have and adolescents can aspire to.

Integrity is something that all of us, at all ages, are constantly striving for.


Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people brings happiness.


People are so busy chasing happiness- if they would slow down and turn around, they would give it a chance to catch up with them.


Never attribute to malice or other deliberate decision what can be explained by human frailty, imperfection, or ignorance.


The idea is to find some bit of holiness in everything-food, sex, earning and spending money, having children, conversations with friends. Everything can be seen as a miracle, as part of God's plan. When we can truly see this, we nourish our souls.


Prayer is simply coming into the presence of God.

Because when you come into the presence of God, even the things you don't have matter a lot less.


The circumstances of your life have uniquely qualified you to make a contribution. And if you don't make that contribution, nobody else can make it.


I am convinced that it is not the fear of death, of our lives ending, that haunts our sleep so much as the fear that as far as the world is concerned, we might as well never have lived.


One man alone can't defeat the forces of evil, but many good people coming together can.


The small choices and decisions we make a hundred times a day add up to determining the kind of world we live in.


I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.


When a mentally retarded child is born, the religious question we often ask is, "Why does God let this happen?" The better question to pose is to ask, "What kind of community should we be so that mental retardation isn't a barrier to the enjoyment of one's full humanity?"


When facing a dilemma, choose the more morally demanding alternative.


Other people may complicate our lives, but life without them would be unbearably desolate. None of us can be truly human in isolation. The qualities that make us human emerge only in the ways we relate to other people.


I suspect that the happiest people you know are the ones who work at being kind, helpful and reliable - and happiness sneaks into their lives while they are busy doing those things. It is a by-product, never a primary goal.


Sometimes we are simply "blown away" and in awe by finding ourselves in the presence of God. Other times, however, even when we are participating in acts of kindness-complimenting others, writing a check to charity, donating time to a good cause-we are oblivious to the miracle of what is happening at that moment.


There are some things we should feel guilty about, but the guilt feelings should attach to the deed, not to the doer.


When I talk to people who feel this emptiness and lack of fulfillment, I recommend they find a source of balance in their lives. I suggest they find a way to "give back" to the world in order to feel a sense of completeness.


Love is not like a buffet line where the person in front of you threatens to take too much and leave too little for you. Love is like a muscle; the more it is exercised today, the more it can be used tomorrow.


Our awareness of God starts where self-sufficiency ends.


Pain is a part of being alive, and we need to learn that.

Pain does not last forever, nor is it necessarily unbeatable, and we need to be taught that.


There seems to be something in the human soul that causes us to think less of ourselves every time we do something wrong... And maybe it is good for us to feel that way. It may make us more sensitive to what we do wrong and move us to repent and grow.


We do ourselves and others a disservice when we make old age something to be feared. Life is not a resource to be used up, so that the older we get, the less life we have left. Life is the accumulation of wisdom, love and experience of people encountered and obstacles overcome. The longer we live, the more life we possess.


Being kind to others is a way of being good to yourself.


You nourish your soul by fulfilling your destiny.


We teach children how to measure and how to weigh.

We fail to teach them how to revere, how to sense wonder and awe.


Our society puts too much emphasis on finding someone who will love you;

our culture focuses too much on being loved and not enough on being a loving person.